Gianofer Fields

Material Culturalist

Gianofer Fields is a freelance producer and reporter for NPR, BBC and Madison's WORT Community Radio. She says, “Once you seriously consider the objects you use to fill your emotional and functional needs, you will never see those things the same way ever again. From delightfully intriguing to dangerously obsessive, objects affect our daily lives. They creep into our subconscious. They say volumes about who we are or wish to be, without uttering a single word.”

She's rusted, her spokes are melted, and her gas tank is peppered with holes. Not the typical description of a motorcycle found in Milwaukee's Harley Davidson Museum. However this is not your typical bike.

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Have you been tinkering away on an invention you hope will be the next big thing? Or, perhaps you've already built a better mousetrap but don’t know how to get it to market. Well, if you are connected with UW-Madison, you might want to talk with John Biondi.

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Depending on which article you come across, only ten to thirty percent of the population is left hand dominant. Google left hand and mental illness, and you'll find research papers exploring the connection with being left hand dominant and psychotic disorders. Look to language, and you'll run across "left-handed compliments, two left feet, and sometimes things just go left."

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Radio Chipstone has examined the American flag as both an object and a symbol in its past few installments. The final piece features Kelli - an African-American woman raised in Chicago. Although she was exposed to a diverse family and friend circle mostly through her father's side, her family still held a great sense of pride for their black culture.

Mona Boulware Webb was born in Houston in 1914 as Nevelle Ruth Boyce. She studied to be a nurse, married, and started a family. However, the murder of Emmett Till, would cause her to leave Texas and move to Mexico, in search a safe place to raise her sons.

In the last episode of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields introduced us to a young woman named Ashley Kuehl.

Kuehl inherited two pieces of ruby red, hand blown glass from her grandmother and was curious to learn more about them. She knew that the glass was purchased in the Sixties, maybe in Pennsylvania. In this episode of Radio Chipstone Fields calls on reinforcements to solve the puzzle:

Ashley Kuehl

Anyone who's tuned in to Milwaukee Public Television is familiar with the program Antiques Roadshow, in which hopeful lay people bring items of unknown worth to a team of experts to uncover the value of (and story behind) the object.

Radio Chipstone recently uncovered a woman who would benefit from a roadshow of sorts. 

Gianofer Fields

If you thought Christmas advertising started even earlier than usual this year, you weren’t wrong. The first Christmas shopping commercial aired before Halloween. And the pressure to find the perfect gift sends many shoppers screaming into the stores the day after Thanksgiving. However, if you decide to make gifts for your loved ones instead, you had better get started before the first thaw.

Chipstone Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum

There is a small square gate legged card table located in the Chipstone Gallery at the Milwaukee Art Museum. We know that it was made in 1770, and it's attributed to Benjamin Frothingham, a cabinet maker in Boston. We know that during its day, it was likely used to play games, with three to four players. We know that they would have sat close to each other, possibly touching and just maybe flirting if those playing were courting. We know that the table would have been closed when not in use, hence the gate leg (a leg that swings open to support the top when the table was in use).

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The recent Presidential Election indicates that our country may be more divided than anyone imagined. Many of us are struggling and looking for common ground. But, what happens when the struggle is internal?

In this week’s edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields speaks with a young woman named Astoria about her relation with the American Flag. Taking a cue from social media...it's complicated.

Photo courtesy of Chipstone Foundation

If you are are of a certain age, you may remember All in the Family, a popular sitcom from the 1970's. In that show, Archie and Edith Bunker's chairs functioned as characters on par with the actors. These chairs were so important that when one of the lead characters died, the empty chair was one of the closing scenes.

Ludovic Bertron

One month away from the presidential election of 2016, many in the United States find themselves with more questions than answers.

There is a great disparity between the two candidates, and voters find themselves facing toxic rhetoric. Each side is blaming the other. Some compare it to the era of the Civil War, when the country was divided and flew two separate flags.

Jim Wildeman

One of the greatest symbols of freedom for Americans is our flag. However, there are other objects which hold a story just as complicated and powerful as our standard.

In this case it is a card table turned writing desk which belonged to Phillis Wheatley, first Black Poet to publish a book. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields speaks with Sarah Anne Carter of the Chipstone Foundation about a fairly common piece of furniture with an uncommon connection to history.

Ludovic Bertron

If you've been paying attention to current events, it's pretty hard not to notice all the conversations surrounding our national anthem and our flag. In a country born from revolution, many Americans see our national symbols as sacred and take great offense when some speak against them or choose to remain silent. But, people have various perceptions of what it means to fly the flag in this country.

Milwaukee Art Museum

We go to museums to look at art. We might love the Impressionists, or the Pre-Raphaelites. Or maybe Andy Warhol or some kind of mixed media conceptual installation makes our hearts sing.

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